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Looking ahead

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Coach Ben Howlett was wrapping up his recruiting class for this current season. He and the rest of the West Liberty University men’s basketball staff were starting to take a look at the class of 2020. An email from a McDonald High School boys basketball coach came through Howlett’s inbox. ...

Buckeyes beat another Top 10 opponent

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann sat across from Luther Muhammad at a recent lunch and told him there would soon be a day when the sophomore guard would need to “be the difference.” That day turned out to be Sunday. Muhammad scored 22 points and No. 25 Ohio State beat No. 7 ...

All banged up

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — McKenah Peters felt the pain aching through her body. You could see the grimace on her face. The Youngstown State University junior forward’s outward feeling was indicative of the Penguins’ women’s basketball team — painful. It was a rough game for a YSU team that has ...

Girls basketball tournament brackets

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Division I Ravenna District ¯ SEEDING: 1. Warren G. Harding, 2. Stow-Munroe Falls, 3. Aurora, 4. Canfield, 5. Cuyahoga Falls, 6. Howland, 7. Walsh Jesuit, 8. Austintown Fitch, 9. Hudson, 10. Massillon Perry, 11. Twinsburg, 12. Boardman, 13. Kent Roosevelt. Sectional ...

Third straight loss drops Pens into second

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WASHINGTON — Facing another deficit and the prospect of their losing streak dragging on, Capitals players returned to the locker room at the second intermission with some things to say. “We were just saying we’ve got to show some character,” veteran Carl Hagelin said. “Things ...

Boys basketball tournament brackets

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DIVISION I Canton District ¯ SEEDING: 1. Green, 2. Canton McKinley, 3. Boardman, 4. Canton GlenOak, 5. North Canton Hoover, 6. Wooster, 7. Massillon, 8. Massillon Perry, 9. Dover, 10. Massillon Jackson, 11. Alliance, 12. Uniontown Lake, 13. Austintown Fitch. Sectional first ...

Prep scoreboard

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Bowling DIVISION I DISTRICT Boys - Sunday At Stonehedge Lanes, Akron ¯ TEAM SCORING (top 6 to advance state): 1. Kent Roosevelt 4274, 2. Mentor 4213, 3. Berea-Midpark 4210, 4. Nordonia 4130, 5. Perry 4089, 6. Tallmadge 4072, 7. Canton McKinley 4071, 8. Medina 3965, 9. Akron Springfield ...

Bristol finishes off JFK

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BRISTOLVILLE — The Division IV sectional bracket final went as expected for Bristol High School girls basketball coach John King, as the fourth-seeded Panthers defeated fifth-seeded John F. Kennedy, 64-24, on Saturday. In earning their ticket to a district semifinal Wednesday at Grand ...

Cavaliers have Heat collapse

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MIAMI — The Miami Heat were a worthy warmup act for Dwyane Wade’s jersey retirement Saturday night, breaking a 23-year-old franchise record for points in the first half en route to a 124-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Miami shot 77 percent in the first half and then turned the ...

Ups and downs of YSU game Saturday

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Jason Slay looked around as the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team began to warm up with some stretching exercises. The YSU associate coach glanced around and started clapping. He observed his players — some stretching, others dunking. The group gathered around the basket. ...

LaBrae defeats Lakers

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LEAVITTSBURG — There are offensive struggles and there are defensive struggles. Saturday afternoon’s Division III girls sectional bracket final featured a little of both, as neither LaBrae nor Pymatuning Valley shot the ball well (a combined 27-of-87), but each had runs and moments ...

Pens fall flat against Sabres

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PITTSBURGH — Jack Eichel scored twice and the Buffalo Sabres jumped on the Pittsburgh Penguins early in a 5-2 victory on Saturday. Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart all beat Tristan Jarry during an early three-goal outburst and Connor Hutton turned away 41 shots as the Sabres earned ...

Rally falls short

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — YSU coach Jerrod Calhoun described it as a tale of two halves. The Penguins were coming fresh off the heels of a victory on Thursday over first-place Wright State and they looked to pick up ground in the Horizon League standings on Saturday afternoon against second-place ...

Newton Falls dispatches Leetonia, 60-33

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NEWTON FALLS — The Newton Falls girls basketball team won a Division IV sectional bracket final, 60-33, against Leetonia on Saturday. The victory propels the Tigers into the District semifinals at Mineral Ridge, where they will meet Western Reserve on Wednesday at 6. “I thought we were a ...

JACKETS FALL IN SHOOTOUT:

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rocco Grimaldi scored in the eighth round of the shootout, and the Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3. Colton Sissons, Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund each scored, and Filip Forsberg had two assists for Nashville. Pierre-Luc Dubois and Forsberg ...

No. 1 seeds advance; Brookfield in upset

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¯ CHAMPION 44, MINERAL RIDGE 27: CHAMPION — Top-seeded Champion overcame a sluggish start and used balanced scoring to down the eighth-seeded Rams in a Division III sectional bracket final. The Golden Flashes improved to 19-4 and will play fourth-seeded LaBrae in a district semifinal at ...

Irish season ended by Clippers

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COLUMBIANA — The Colum-biana Clippers made a crucial attitude adjustment this past week. Having a week off allowed them to refocus following a disappointing three-game losing streak to end the regular season. “It was actually nice not to have a game,” Clippers coach David Crismon said. ...

Prep scoreboard

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Boys basketball SATURDAY’S SCORES Area games ≤ Wellsville 89, East Palestine 56 ≤ Western Reserve Academy 76, Bristol 65 Around Ohio ¯ Ashland Mapleton 42, Mansfield St. Peter’s 40 ¯ Cle. St. Ignatius 60, Tol. St. John’s 37 ¯ Cols. Cristo Rey 56, Mansfield Temple ...

Vikings victimized

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NEW MIDDLETOWN — Friday night’s non-league game between LaBrae and host Springfield had a lot of buildup. Both teams are seeded second in their respective Division III district tournaments — the Tigers in the Salem District and the Vikings in the Warren District. Springfield entered ...

Tubes have endured as effective fishing lures

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A generation or more ago, a new style of soft plastic bait swept the bass world, quickly gaining converts who were as tempted to try the lures as fish were to bite them. Around the time surfers started peppering their conversations with the phrase “totally tubular,” anglers went off the ...